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The Midsummer Night’s Sideshow is a Goblin Market.
Part caravan, part carnival, part traveling snake oil bazaar, the Midsummer Night’s Sideshow travels from freehold to freehold on a yearly basis. It arrives in the dead of night, its brightly painted 18-wheelers spilling out tents and carnival rides quick as anything. It sets up in poor locations by a genuine carnival’s standards: stretches of fallow fields off disused roads, vacant lots in depressed neighborhoods, places where the average suburbanite is unlikely to take his kids.
Its Mask is that of a third-rate carnival barely scraping by, its rides showing rust at the seams and its tents faded and dog-eared. When its veil is pierced, it retains a faintly shabby aspect, but the exotic is far more evident — strange forms dance in the dim light of the sideshow tents, peculiar smells waft from the food stalls, and the workers are distinctly not as human as they look. The Midsummer Night’s Sideshow is mostly staffed by changelings (largely Wizened), with added assistance from hobgoblins who only come out to run the show at night.
- Goblin Markets (book), p. 18